Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cherry & Coke Brownie Bites

These little brownie bites are so cute and suspiciously reminiscent of Black Forest Cake. I didn't plan it that way but that's how they turned out. I made these with Coke to put a twist on a Coke Cake with Coke brownies as my goal. I think the cherry in the center looks pretty and really adds to the cherry flavor of the bites. The star shaped frosting also makes adorable flowers if you wanted to go that direction. I put white centers in a few of them (I didn't take pictures though) and they were really cute. 

You could also use fresh cherries probably and it would give it a different but still delicious cherry flavor. I was also thinking for Christmas green cherries in some and red cherries in others might be fun :). I'm a little wild like that, and I do know it's June. I have a while to go before I think about winter treats. Let stick with these for now :) Happy Baking!

Cherry & Coke Brownie Bites
Makes 30 mini brownies

- 1 cup Coke (Cherry Coke if desired)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 whole eggs
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 30 maraschino cherries

- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 packet Cherry Vanilla Flavor Mix (Duncan Hines)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 30 mini muffin cups and set aside.
2. In a saucepan stir together Cherry Coke and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Set aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
3. In a mixing bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well blended. Add the Cherry Coke mixture and mix until combined.
4. Sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Add into the butter mixture and stir until well blended. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
5. Evenly divide the batter between the prepared mini muffin cups filling them about 4/5th’s full.
6. Place one cherry in each cup pressing until it is almost covered.
7. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove from pan onto a cooling rack.
8. Frosting: In a mixer blend together the butter, powdered sugar, and Cherry Vanilla Flavor Mix until blended well. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the brownie bites. Serve.  

This is an original recipe

This recipe was featured on Whatcha Whipped Up and Showcase Your Talent Thursday, check them out and all of the other great recipes that are linked up!

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  1. These are so cute. I love Black Forest Cake. I need to try these. I'd love for you to share this at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday. Hope to see you there!

    1. Thanks for the invite Dawn. I'm glad that you like them. A bit of whipped cream as the center of the frosting might round out a nice Black Forest feel to the cake, or chocolate shavings :)

  2. I love the hidden cherry in the center. My hubby loves cherry cokes too so I can't wait to try these for him:-)

    1. The cherry is definitely what makes the flavor of these really pop. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. These look so good, I can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

    1. Thanks Alyssa for the compliment and for hosting the link party on your blog :)

  4. Thanks for linking up to Showcase Your Talent Thursday, you have been featured!

  5. Those look amazing. Pinned and can't wait to try :)

    The Farm Girl

  6. I don't know if I'm reading this correctly. Where and when are you supposed to add the coke and sugar syrup mixture? I have read the directions 3 times and don't see it mentioned. I assume you are to add it to the batter but I've been told never assume anything. This sounds amazing and I'm wanting to try but I also don't want to mess it up.

    1. Thank you for pointing that out! I don't know how I missed that. I have added it into step 3. Please let me know how they turn out. Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. What if I want to make cakes and not brownies......... should I just add baking soda?

    1. That's a great question. I've never tried to change this recipe to a cake but I don't believe that adding baking soda would be enough to make a good cake texture. If I were going to try to make a Cherry Coke Cake, I would use my Dark Chocolate Cupcakes recipe and make a two layer cake with it instead. I would substitute the coffee with Cherry Coke. I hope this helps, if you try it let me know how it turns out :). I may actually try it myself too!


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